I’m sure most of you will have heard there’s a storm heading for the UK – storm St Jude. It’s set to cause widespread disruption to large parts of the UK with heavy rain and hurricane-force winds on Sunday evening (today) and on Monday. It has been reported that the storm has already uprooted trees in Brighton and left 1,000 homes without power in Berkshire so take extra care if you have to venture out tonight or tomorrow.
There is a Met Office amber alert for high winds in Wales, southern England, East and West Midlands, the South West, London, the South East and East of England.
A yellow alert has also been issued for heavy rain in parts of Wales and England. It is thought that Northern Ireland and Scotland will miss the worst of the storm.
Drivers are being warned to travel only if it is essential. If you can’t avoid travelling during the storm drive carefully and be vigilant, there are risks of fallen trees, surface flooding and sudden gusts of wind. If you must travel it is a good idea to make sure your car insurance is up to date, specialist car insurance might be necessary if you have other vehicles so make sure everything is correct and up to date.
Rail travel is set to be disrupted by the impending storm with many rail companies already announcing limited services so do check online or by telephone before travelling. Airports are also reporting the possibility of disruption to flights so again check before making the journey. Be safe and only travel if it is essential!
We have been preparing for St Jude today by clearing the garden and securing our trampoline. We secured the trampoline by removing the netting and upper poles then tying it down. We have also moved small toys indoors and put larger items between two high walls in our garden where they will hopefully be safe. Sadly we do not have a shed or garage to store the items in. We also cleared the drains of leaves and picked up as many fallen leaves as possible so they are less likely to block the drains and cause water to build up during the storm.
The storm brings with it risks of flooding, falling trees, building damage and disruption to travel and power supplies so it is a good idea to be as prepared as possible. Try putting essential items in one place which is easy to reach should you need to. Power cuts are a real possibility so having a couple of torches and spare batteries nearby is a good idea. If you have a battery operated or wind up radio keep that to hand too. Try to ensure your mobile phone is fully charged in case your power goes out and you do not have access to your landline. Also ensure you have enough food and drinking water in case of emergencies.
If you have pets it is a good idea to keep them indoors overnight until the storm has passed, our two cats are now being kept indoors until the storm has passed to make sure they are as safe as possible.
Make sure you keep up to date with the latest developments by listening to the radio or watching the news as things can change quickly.
How have you been preparing for the storm?